Does science need mavericks?
Staid and conformist, science risks losing its creative spark. Does it need more mavericks, or are they part of the problem?
Universe in a bubble
Maybe we don’t have to speculate about what life is like inside a bubble. It might be the only cosmic reality we know
Sex makes babies
As far as we can tell, no other animal knows this. Did our understanding of baby-making change the course of human history?
Aliens in our midst
The ctenophore’s brain suggests that, if evolution began again, intelligence would re-emerge because nature repeats itself
How the neutrino went from ghost particle to vital physics tool – a tale of bombs, espionage and subtle flavours
Quantum common sense
Despite its confounding reputation, quantum mechanics both guides and helps explain human intuition
The most avid believers in artificial intelligence are aggressively secular – yet their language is eerily religious. Why?
Who names diseases?
Swine Flu, Naples Soldier, Ebola. Disease names express fear, create stigma and distract attention. Can they be improved?